As a foundation for the major, all students must take
Writing in the Major Requirement: Environmental Studies requires writing that synthesizes information from a variety of sources, clearly articulates both science- and value-based arguments, and conveys complicated ideas. Students must learn to write independent pieces and to write effectively in a collaborative setting. In introductory courses for the major, students advance their writing skills through analytical case studies and scientific papers and reports; this focus continues in 200-level courses. The capstone challenges students to describe their complex research findings in narrative and graphical forms and discuss the relevance of their finding in a manner accessible to community groups. Environmental Studies majors fulfill the Skidmore writing-in-the-major requirement as they complete the requirements for the Environmental Studies major, learning to write in a variety of disciplines and for a variety of audiences, including the general public.
Social and Cultural Perspectives Track
The Social and Cultural Perspectives track draws upon disciplinary and interdisciplinary foundations in the social sciences, humanities, and arts to build an understanding of how changes in the environment affect social organization and cultural development. Conversely, these courses also focus on how society and culture shape the environment and on the consequences of that influence. This track is well-suited for students interested in environmentally related activities in literature, journalism, education, sustainable development, policy and law, social service, public health, and resource management.
Students in the Social and Cultural Perspectives track must successfully complete 42 to 48 credits in approved courses that count toward the ES major.
1. Foundation courses:
2. Three courses from the Social and Cultural Core classes:
3a. Two courses, at least three credits each, from ES Cluster A: Culture, Society and the Environment; and
3b. An additional 3 credits in ES Cluster A; at least 6 credits of Cluster A must be at the 300 level. Up to 3 credits in total of ES 271, ES 371, ES 299, and ES 399 may count toward the major.
4. Two courses from ES Cluster B1: Exploring the Natural World (at least one course with a lab);
5. One methods course:
6. ES Senior Year Capstone Sequence of
Environmental Science Track
The Environmental Science track affords an integrated study of the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of environmental issues and encourages exploration of how these aspects influence and are influenced by people and institutions. This track is well-suited for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in environmental science, conservation biology, natural resource management, and water resource management or closely related programs in urban policy and planning, agriculture policy and planning, environmental toxicology, and environmental law.
Students in the Environmental Science track must successfully complete 60 to 63 credits in approved courses that count toward the ES major.
1. Foundation course:
2. Natural science disciplinary foundation:
3. Interdisciplinary natural science core courses:
4. Three other natural science courses from ES Cluster B2, one of which must be an ES-designated course (two of these courses must be at the 300 level, the third must at least be 200 level, and two of the three must be lab courses);
5a. One course, at least 3 credits, from ES Cluster A: Culture, Society, and the Environment; and
5b. An additional 3 credits in ES Cluster A; up to 3 credits in total of ES 224, 271, 371, 299, and 399 may count toward the major.
6. Two methods courses:
7. ES Senior Year Capstone Sequence of